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IGRD holds OBE writeshop, commits to curriculum improvement

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The Institute for Governance and Rural Development (IGRD) of CPAf recently conducted a writeshop to review and improve the OBEdized course outlines of its program offerings. The writeshop was held on August 29-30, 2017 at Splash Mountain Resort in Los Baños, Laguna. Outcome Based Education (OBE) is one of the educational reforms introduced recently that gives focus on the knowledge, skills, and competencies that students demonstrate, that is, to show what they “know and are able to do.” Faculty members handling Extension Education and Master in Public Affairs courses attended the writeshop.

Outputs of the two-day workshop include plans for revisions and proposals for new courses. IGRD’s OBEdization and updating of courses are in line with UPLB’s efforts to have its programs accredited by the ASEAN University Network (AUN).

Dr. Rowena DT. Baconguis, IGRD director, encouraged faculty members to continue improving the program and course offerings by reminding them how the group was able to surpass all difficulties in coming up with the newly approved Education and Development specialization under the PhD Development Studies program.

“Before, nobody knew how to propose new courses or revise courses because none of the proponents were involved in curriculum committees nor attended University- sponsored OBE workshops. Despite this, and after numerous defense at the level of the Social Science Curriculum Committee, the proposal was finally endorsed to the next levels and approved by the University System,” Dr. Baconguis said. She added that persistence and commitment are keys to task accomplishments.

Reviewers were also invited to give their inputs to better improve the curriculum. They were  Prof. Maria Emilinda T. Mendoza of the College of Human Ecology for the MS and PhD Extension Education programs, Dr. Monica H. Walet, CPAf professorial lecturer and former Academic Director at Raffles College of Higher Education in Singapore, for the education-related courses; and Dr. Ferdinand C. Maquito, CPAf faculty, for Development Studies and Community Development. Together with the external reviewers, all faculty participants contributed suggestions for the improvement of the OBEdized course outlines presented.

The workshop also served as a venue to welcome Dr. Maquito as new CPAf faculty member and Dr. Walet as CPAf professorial lecturer; and to send-off Dr. Ruth O. dela Cruz who is going for a postdoctoral fellowship in Austria. Dr. Virginia R. Cardenas, CPAf Dean, also gave a short presentation on the “Capacity Development for Agriculture in the Asia Pacific” to emphasize the need for a “new extension.” (by Evelie Serrano)

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